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County of Waseca Public Health Nurse (4 yr. degree) in Waseca, Minnesota

POSITION SUMMARY: Under direct supervision of the Public Health Director/Community Health Administrator, the Public Health Nurse is responsible to provide care coordination and general public health nursing services to Waseca County residents, focusing on the prevention of illness, injury or disability and the promotion and maintenance of health; and performs other duties as apparent or assigned. The incumbent exemplifies the characteristics of a collaborative, innovative and resilient work culture and models the appropriate behavior to create and maintain a resilient work culture within the department. The incumbent works in partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, agencies and the public in delivering effective and innovative services. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Performs initial and ongoing MN Choices assessments and evaluations to determine the health status of individuals and families across the lifespan in their home, clinics and community settings; performs a variety of assessments to determine their risk, exposure and treatment options for a variety of health ailments and screenings including long term care consultation and personal care assistant assessments. Performs care coordination duties for clients on prepaid health plans, Alternative Care program and other waiver programs; develops, implements, and coordinates care plans. Screens, refers, and determines eligibility of Waseca County residents for appropriate community services. Provides health education instruction and/or classes to individuals, families, community and service groups, industry, businesses and others for the promotion and maintenance of health. Participates in the preparation of public information materials. Performs public speaking engagements as assigned. Participates in outbreak investigations and surveillance activities. Counsels individual clients and/or families regarding disease prevention/treatment, health maintenance and promotion in order to enhance the individual s ability to recognize the need for and seek treatment to meet health care needs. Interprets agency programs, policies and resources for individuals, families, community and service groups, industry and business. Provides referrals for clients for appropriate available services. Plans for continuing professional growth through participation in in-service educational programs and inter-agency programs and policy development and revision. Participates in other Public Health programs including, but not limited to, Women/Infant/Children (WIC) food supplement program, CTC Child/Teen Checkup Outreach (medical assistance), pre-petition screening for mentally ill and chemically dependent, and other programs. Conducts blood pressure screening clinics, administers immunizations, early childhood screening clinics, etc. Participates in Emergency Preparedness activities including planning; participating in exercises; and responding to actual emergency events as required and assigned. OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Acts as a resource for health professionals and non-professionals to provide health related information. Provides nursing assessments of at-risk families to develop a comprehensive and holistic coordinated health care plan. The incumbent is responsible for effectively managing his or her workload to achieve departmental goals. Assures that responsibilities are performed in compliance with federal and state regulations and county policies and procedures. Participates in professional staff development. Participates in training and education opportunities to maintain and improve proficiency. Performs other related functions as apparent or assigned.